Position Purpose: Working in the Office of Marketing and Communications, the Associate Director, Design is responsible for conceptual and design work, client relations and creative leadership to ensure that Santa Clara University's visual materials convey the values, core identity, and desired brand image of the university.
Reporting to the Creative Strategy Executive Director, the Associate Director, Design is someone who brings deep creative skills and vision and who can lead general marketing projects as well as execute great design. He/she will be responsible for conceptualizing, consulting on, and overseeing implementation of the university's visual identity program, special web, digital, new media, print projects, and other visual initiatives on behalf of campus clients and the university as a whole.
The Associate Director, Design will be working with in-house and external designers, photographers, illustrators, and videographers as well as coordinating design and production functions. He/she will collaborate with other marketing professionals to develop compelling marketing and communication material.
The Associate Director, Design will create strategic and professionally accomplished visual designs that meet the campus clients' marketing objectives. He/she will consistently carry forward the university's brand identity and image across applications and all media, including digital, web, print and video.
1.Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services.
2.Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate digital tools; planned training and performance initiatives.
3.Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow.
4.Prepares and submits reports as requested and required.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Collaborate with campus clients to support website design, print design and content marketing. Build relationships with unit representatives to position the Office of Marketing and Communications as a leader of and resource for their design needs. 2. Assist units in research and data collection regarding target audiences in order to establish better strategies. 3. Provide conceptualization and implementation of design solutions that meet marketing strategies from concept to completion. 4. Create visual aspects of marketing projects, creating concepts, comps, electronic layouts and final digital and print art which proactively produce compelling visual style. 5. Ensure consistency, integrity and proper treatment of the university brand and its brand guidelines. 6. Design and develop a variety of promotional materials, including web graphics (website, blog, social media, email and other channels), digital material, brochures, annual reports, invitations, banners, ads, and others, to help promote the universitys core attributes to its audiences. 7. Oversee budgeting and management of production costs in collaboration with the Project and Workflow Manager and the Creative Strategy Executive Director. 8. Design and manage several design projects simultaneously, and meet regularly with team members to track projects goals and deliverables, and to communicate plans and requirements to internal clients. 9. Serve as backup designer for projects assigned to other designers. 10. Produce weekly reports of projects status. 11. Work within and expand the SCU Template System and Style Guidelines, in accordance to the university brand guidelines and the institutions marketing strategy. 12. Stay current on industry standards and innovations. 13. Other duties as assigned.
Provides Work Direction: Assign work to design team, students and vendors. Provide direction and review of projects, and coordinate workflow to keep projects running smoothly and timely.
Qualifications: This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal. May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus. May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or out-of-state locations. May be required to travel to outside customers, vendors or suppliers within Bay Area or out-of-state locations.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Typical office environment. Share spaces with teammates. Mostly indoor office environment with possible windows (they dont open to the outside). Offices with equipment noise (office printers). Offices with frequent interruptions.
Knowledge: In-depth knowledge of design and web software programs like Adobe Creative Suite, and functional knowledge of Microsoft Office programs. Exceptional graphic design skills. Proven advanced knowledge of web design, CMS, and HTML/CSS is required. Ability to create assets for our web team that are mobile-, tablet-, and desktop-friendly to provide a user experience that fits all formats. Experience in creating high fidelity mock-ups and UX/UI design direction across mobile, tablet and web. Experience in creating sketches, user flows, wireframes, and final visual design deliverables. Knowledge of the publication process, from initial concepts to printed product. Knowledge of printing methods is required. Understanding and appreciation of the mission of Santa Clara University and the vision and values of a Jesuit Catholic educational institution.
Skills: Possess good organizational skills and the ability to manage projects in a timely manner. Sound interpersonal communication skills: both oral and written; in one-on-one situations and small groups; with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and outside vendors. A good team player, willing to work with colleagues on demanding jobs and tight deadlines. A dynamic, creative individual with proven experience web graphics and print, showing a passion and appreciation for great visual communication. Work experience in a client service environment.
Abilities: Ability to work well in a team setting as well as independently, with a proactive attitude in a collaborative work environment. Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently. Ability to maintain positive client relationships. Proven ability to manage external creative resources, and student interns. Budgeting and contracting experience preferable. Ability to create print materials that parallel web design.
Education and/or Experience: A minimum of a bachelors degree required (emphasis in business/marketing/ design. Minimum of six years of progressive professional experience in interactive digital design, publications, project management, in an in-house or agency creative position. Six-eight years of graphic design experience.
About Santa Clara University Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in Californias Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus masters, Ph.D., and law degrees.
Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all masters universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is Californias oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.
Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website at http://www.scu.edu/cs/. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.
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